Officially introduced in 1996, Hankumdo is a Korean sword art based on the shapes of the Korean alphabet or Han’gul. Hankumdo techniques can be divided into two parts, striking techniques and defensive techniques.

Using the five basic striking techniques it is possible to write the entire Korean alphabet of 24 different characters. Each character consists of one or more of these five basic techniques. The five basic movement are: the horizontal block, the horizontal strike, the diagonal strike, the vertical strike, and the forward cut.

One who is familiar with the Korean written language can easily learn the basics of hankumdo quickly.